BURGLARY VICTIM LEFT TRAUMATISED ; Addict jailed for Pounds 50,000 jewellery raid [Evening Gazette (UK)]
(Evening Gazette (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) A RETIRED woman was left traumatised after a drug-addicted burglar stole Pounds 50,000 worth of her jewellery.
The victim of the burglary found her house had been broken into and ransacked, with her front door bolted shut from the inside.
She later said she felt violated, the crime hindered her recovery from a stroke and she no longer answered her door.
Yet the householder on Cowley Road, Acklam, Middlesbrough, said she felt strangely sorry "for the person who had to act in this way", a court heard.
Intruder Joseph Setchell stole 36 items of jewellery and watches, an iPad and a digital camera from the home.
He was jailed for three years at Teesside Crown Court for a series of burglaries.
The 23-year-old was caught with boxes and bags of the jewellery in a rucksack on Acklam Road - where he'd targeted two more homes.
He was seen looking down the street's driveways and watching post deliveries on the afternoon on September 25.
One retired householder saw Setchell try his kitchen door, but he ran off when the dog started barking, said prosecutor Harry Hadfield.
Minutes later he broke into another house but stole nothing. PC Martin Bolton then chased and caught him, despite the burglar slamming a metal gate into him.
As well as the jewellery, Setchell had a claw hammer and screwdriver in his bag.
The previous day he burgled another home on St Austell Close, Hemlington, while the family living there was out.
He ransacked the master bedroom, stole goods including jewellery of sentimental value and Pounds 200 cash, and left possessions scattered around the children's bedroom.
After initial denials, Setchell, of Romanby Gardens, Brookfield, Middlesbrough, owned up to police and took officers to see where he'd offended and discarded stolen goods.
He pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary and one of obstructing a PC, and asked for five more burglary offences to be taken into account.
He left footwear impressions at two of the burgled homes.
These were his first burglaries. He was previously sent to a young offenders' institution for two years for arson.
Julian Gaskin, defending, said there was no confrontation, weapons or violence. "This was a desperate young man who was looking for an empty property to burgle," he said.
"He does wish to express his shame and he wishes to apologise to the victims.
"He realised it was a terrible invasion. He shouldn't have behaved in that way."
He said Setchell was a drug addict who used cocaine, cannabis and mephedrone, also known as MCAT, and burgled to pay off a debt while he was under threat.
Now he was drug-free and wanted to make a fresh start.
Judge George Moorhouse jailed him for three years.
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